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Devil May Cry: A Dark-Hunter Novel [Mass Market Paperback]

Sherrilyn Kenyon
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April 1 2008 Dark-Hunter Novels (Book 12)

For millennia, the ex-god turned Dark-Hunter Sin has sought to regain his powers and take  revenge on Artemis. But  now he has bigger fish—or in this case, demons—to fry. The lethal gallu that were buried by his pantheon are stirring, and they are hungry for human flesh. Their goal: To destroy mankind. Sin is the only one who can stop them…if a certain woman doesn’t kill him first.

Enemies have always made strange bedfellows, but never more so than when the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Now a man who only knows betrayal must trust the one person most likely to hand him to the demons. Artemis may have stolen his godhood, but this one has stolen his heart. The only question is: Will she keep it…or feed it to those who want him dead?

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Sin, a Sumerian fertility god turned Vegas casino owner, and Kat, the zealous servant of bossy Greek goddess Artemis, knock boots and kick butt in Kenyon's juicy 11th Dark-Hunter paranormal love-fest (after 2006's Dark Side of the Moon). Sin's been on the warpath for thousands of years, since Artemis stole his godhood. Sin's also upset about the disappearance of his twin brother, Zakar, and the imminent invasion of the vampiric Sumerian gallu, who plan to liberate the Dimme superdemons and destroy all humanity. Kat agrees to kill Sin before he kills Artemis, but instead the two fall in madcap love while trying to prevent Armageddon. It's just another day's work for the immortals, who act a lot like ordinary quarrelsome people with way cool superpowers. Though readers may need a scorecard to keep up with the cast, this series puts a contemporary spin on classical mythology that an increasing number of fans have found irresistible.
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If revenge is a dish best served cold, Sin figures a few thousand years should make it good and frigid. He can't wait to kill Artemis for stealing his godhood, but first he has to deal with Earth-destroying gallu demons trying to escape their prison. As a preemptive strike, Artemis sends Katra to kill him. Realizing, though, that the gallu are the bigger threat, she willingly joins her enemy to stop them. Falling for him, however, could be the real problem. Longevity can be a series' best friend or worst enemy, yet Kenyon manages to find the middle ground in each installment in her Dark-Hunter series (immortal warriors guided by Artemis and pledged to defend humankind against vampires and other enemies), creating the wounded heroes, sarcastic humor, and adventurous romps paranormal-romance readers love while keeping any hint of sagging or self-indulgent plot at bay. As the mastermind behind an internationally popular, massively detailed fictional universe and overarching saga filling a dozen novels, Kenyon has written another fresh tale full to the brim with surprises. Davis, Nina C. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars another great installment July 8 2013
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I think part of what I like so much about the series as a whole is that, despite many situations being interlinked, none of the novels are like copies of each other. Each one is individual and very rarely repetitive (when it is repetitive its on purpose) This volume met all of my expectations of this series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in very good condition June 11 2013
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Love the books, started collecting them and looked for copies. This one arrived in very good condition. Description matched perfectly. Proud to put it in my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devil May Cry June 22 2012
By Jane
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Fast paced great reading, couldn't put it down. Sherrilyn Kenyon sure knows how to spice up her very believable charicters.I love every one of those Dark Hunters and feel I know them all personally.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite! Aug. 9 2007
I have been waiting two hundred and seven days for this book and believe me I was counting down like no one's business and I am very glad to say that not only did this book live up to my expectations it surpassed them on every level! This has become my favorite dark-hunter book, it made relevations that I was happy to see, it made me feel sympathy for the characters and made me wish that there was more! This book was well worth the wait and I eagerly await her next book!
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45 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Questions answered Aug. 12 2007
By Jem - Published on
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Man, I just love it when an author releases a book in a series that answers a lot of questions. Kenyon has given us answers in spades here: who is Katra, why is Ash tied to Artemis, what is Savitar, and more. Wonderful, action packed story with the steamy romance readers have come to expect from Kenyon. My only disappointment? Kenyon introduced a "Dream-Hunter," Xipher, who I actually want to know more about (not like the disappointing Arik), that won't get his own book until 2008.

Now, please bring on Ash's story, so people can stop griping that the last two books "have too much Ash," "have too little Ash," or just weren't his story.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Even the devil may cry when he looks around hell and realizes he's there alone" July 6 2008
By Michelle888 - Published on
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Eons ago, when the universe was ruled by more than one pantheon, Sin was one of the most powerful and revered Sumerian gods. However, power breeds jealousy and everyone knows how vicious those immortals could be. Befriended by the goddess Artemis, Sin had fallen prey for her charm, a mistake that would cause him dearly. Stripped of his powers, Sin found himself at the mercy of the Olympians unable to win the battle that wiped out his entire pantheon. If not for Acheron, he would never have survived. For years he has walked among us, having patiently waited for the day when he could seek his vengeance on Artemis, never anticipating the revelation that would greet him as he finally comes face to face with the goddess.

Fearing for her life, Artemis sends the one person she knows she can rely on. A former handmaiden of the goddess, Katra goes after Sin to try and thwart his plan to kill Artemis. But when she ends up being captured by Sin, she learns of the goddess' duplicity and is racked by guilt over her role in Sin's fate. To make matters worse, she also learns that the biggest threat to mankind is about to be unleashed. Knowing that Sin is the only one capable of defeating the Gallu and Dimme, Katra vows to make up for her errors by helping Sin in the upcoming battle.

We know what happens next from here on. The author tells that they have fallen in love sacrificing every need for character development so she could pen some sex scenes. Frankly speaking, it wasn't so much the characters that held my interest, but the revelations that come after. The Gallu, Dimme and Charonte, demons galore! The truth about Katra and the powerful bloodline that she possesses was a welcome surprise. But paramount of all is learning more about Acheron's youth, his relationship with Artemis and the reason why he cannot destroy her. These were what I enjoyed most about this book.

DEVIL MAY CRY had every possibility of being on par with the earlier Dark-Hunter novels. However, the sarcasm between the hero and heroine bordered on being childish and the romance felt too contrived to be believable. Yes, it was good to see the devil meet his salvation and find that he no longer needs to exist on his own, but the romance wasn't to die for. Yet these gripes aside, there is hope for more as we come closer to reading about the ultimate Dark-Hunter: Acheron. I simply cannot wait!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Hunters or X Men? March 5 2008
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Perhaps for someone who had never read any of Kenyon's Dark Hunters, this might have been a good book, but for me this was tedious. It seemed as if she had merely churned out a book in order to tie up a few more loose ends in the series which had little or nothing to do with story of the book itself. This plot did not seem to me to contribute much to the overall story arc, nor was the story particularly compelling. Although I like Ash, he is getting very boring. By the time his own book comes out, we will know almost all his backstory anyway, and not give two hoots about his future either. Sin and Kat, supposedly the main characters, were not engaging at all, despite the banter.

On a totally different note, I have to ask: Is America the only Daimon/demon infested place on earth? I mean all these gods - the Greeks, Atlantean, Sumatrean, etc. - all come from a totally different part of the world, not to mention the Dark Hunters (remember them?) who come from Africa, Europe, the Middle East. Do vampires not suck blood on the streets of Delhi? Are the inhabitants of Johannesburg immune to Daimon attacks? Perhaps Parisians have a special get out of jail free card for the end of the world?

Frankly, I am amazed Kenyon's world didn't die out centuries ago. In the beginning of this series there was one hinted cause of the Apocalypse: Ash. In this book I counted aproximately seven different ways to destroy the world: Ash, Ash's Ma; the death of Artemis; the death of Kat; releasing demon species number one; releasing demon species number two; the death of any god/goddess - yet despite the wholesale destruction of at least two pantheons, somehow the world still survives.

It seems that lately each book is getting successively more over the top. Each hero must be more tortured, look more evil, control or have the potential to control more power than the previous one. Never-before-heard-of yet centuries-old threats-to-all-humanity (at least those living in North America)seem to pop up every few books with tedious regularity, each more powerful, violent, potentially destructive yet easily defeatable than the last. The heroines have mutated from being strong ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances, to being powerful goddesses who act like they just graduated from highschool despite being centuries old.

This latest offering was rather like reading an episode of the X-Men. Paranormal adolescents on steroids.
34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull and formulaic - snoozeworthy April 21 2008
By Dr W. Richards - Published on
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I've been following Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series right from the beginning and, at first, was avidly eating up every single book and desperate for the next one. Sad to say, I've come to the point where I think she needs to wind up the series ASAP. The books have become dull and predictable. I could tell you exactly what each hero - whether Dark-Hunter, Dream-Hunter or Were-Hunter - is going to be like and what their issues are. They're all gorgeous, they've all got massive chips on their shoulders and they can all be cured by the love of a gorgeous woman - instantly.

Sin is no exception - and, please, WHAT is with the ridiculous names? Sin? Xypher? Zakar (far too similar to Zarek)? And in this book we get Deimos and Damien and many references to Daimons; way to confuse your readers! Sin is a Sumerian ex-god, and he's every bit as whiny as the rest of Kenyon's heroes. He's apparently a Big Bad but, as with all of her characters who are introduced as Big Bads, he's really a misunderstood and hard-done-by good guy. What a surprise!

The heroine is Katra, and unfortunately I'd already been spoiled for the big reveal of Katra's place in Acheron's life because some idiot in Kenyon's publishing company thought it would be a great idea to release this title in hardback, and to release the two following it in paperback. So I read the paperbacks first and finally caught up with this one when I already knew who Kat was.

Far too much of the plot seemed hopelessly contrived. Apparently, Kat is eleven thousand years old... and still a virgin? Yeah, right. Apparently, it would be a disaster on a massive scale were Acheron to find out who Katra really is... and suddenly, two pages later, he knows and it's no big deal. Yet again, we have Acheron missing and unavailable for most of the book, because yet again he's committed to being Artemis's sex-slave and again she's made him extend his promise. That's getting TIRED as an excuse to have him unavailable to help. Also, it's a bit too late, Kenyon, to try to redeem Artemis, given the way she's been set up. If the plan is for readers to feel sorry for her so that she can be Acheron's love-interest... well, then I really will stop reading.

The relationship side of the book is barely credible. Kat and Sin meet when Kat's supposed to kill him. Within hours they're having sex. Within a day they're inseparable. Within a couple of days, apparently millennia of bitterness and enmity are set aside. Except, of course, we have the Big Communication Screwup and suddenly he hates her again. Yawn.

And then there's the Big Danger that they join forces to fight. Seriously, if I never read the words 'gallu demon' again I'll be deliriously happy. Boring. Big-time. I'm usually an avid reader. I never fall asleep reading books. I fell asleep several times reading this one.

Extremely disappointing, hot on the heels of several other disappointing books in this series. I'll give the Acheron books a chance, but if they're as bad as current set-up suggests they might be - because he's starting to look incredibly whiny and poor-me as well - that's it for me and it'll be bye-bye Kenyon.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting worldbuilding but characters need some dimension Nov. 1 2007
By booksforabuck - Published on
Ex-god Sin hates Artemis--he hates her a lot. After eleven thousand years, he spends most of his time thinking about how he'd still like to kill her. So, it's only natural that he want to kill Artemis's daughter, Katra Agrotera, AKA Kat. There's this pesky detail of the world ending soon with the escape of a group of demons fellow members of Sin's Asyrian pantheon locked up eons earlier, but getting revenge on Artemis would come first.

Dark hunter leader Acheron Parthenopaeus (AKA Ach) hates Artemis, too. Boy would he like to kill her--except he's also in love with her and killing her would result in his own death. Still, it bugs him that Artemis orders him around all the time. Hate, Hate, Hate.

Kat thinks of herself as a clever sarcastic person but she acts pretty juvenile--you'd think eleven thousand years or so and she'd grow up a bit. When she meets Sin, she is initially turned off--after all, he doesn't seem to care about people, employs demons, and her mother accused him of rape. But his hot (scarred) body turns her on and he does deny the rape charge. So, time to give up her eleven-thousand years of virginity and engage in some hot sex. Not to mention working with him to save the world--when Sin isn't being all protective.

There really is the core of a great story here, along with some intriguing world-building. I enjoy the way the various pantheons mingle and battle with one another. Author Sherrilyn Kenyon writes hot love scenes and her action scenes aren't bad either. Unfortunately for DEVIL MAY CRY, there are too few of those action scenes and too much time spent with Sin obsessing about all the betrayals in his live (once in eleven thousand years--oh the pity). When interesting things do happen (like Kat being transformed into a form of vampire--which really could have been the basis for an incedible conflict) they seem to get lost.

Kenyon is a talented author and I've enjoyed other novels by her. The writing in DEVIL MAY CRY is capable and compelling enough that I finished the novel. Although this one has its moments--and definitely picks up toward the end when the fighting actually starts--it also had its problems. For me, the joke of the Valley-girl-talking demons and the 'everyone hates Artemis' choir got real old long before the book ran out. Characters incapable of holding more than one emotion and the frequency in which the fast-coming end of the world is simply forgotten, make it hard to really form any attachment to the story. As Artemis says, so what if the world ends--the gods can create more people. Because I didn't feel like this was my world, wasn't brought into it, I didn't much care whether Sin and Kat won or lost. Too bad because there is some cool stuff here that Kenyon could have run with.
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